Thought Piece

Playing hide and seek with our lives and future

1 December 2019

Looking back over 2019 and forward to 2020 and beyond, a few key themes might merit some reflection as we gather and cherish the time we have with family and friends to celebrate Christmas and welcome in a new year. The ones I’ve chosen to bring to your attention highlight the critical importance of human trust and integrity, values that can’t yet be coded into a robot or machine learning algorithm.

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Thought Piece

"Smile, you're on candid camera!"

1 November 2019

Candid Camera was a popular American television show that ran from 1948 to 2014 in various formats. It featured practical jokes and pranks being played on unsuspecting ordinary people, while being filmed by a hidden camera. A UK version of the series ran from 1960 to 1976. The title of this article is the phrase that was used by the host when he did the big reveal at the end of each show and everyone would generally have a good laugh. Contrast that with BBC One’s latest suspenseful mini-series, The Capture, that shows how CCTV (closed-circuit television) camera footage can be manipulated by different entities to advance their respective aims.

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Thought Piece

AI + NI = ?

1 October 2019

So, you’ve heard a lot about AI (artificial intelligence) from me but what about ‘NI’? If you’re thinking about UK politics, it might mean Northern Ireland or, you might be texting and use it as an abbreviation for “no idea” and both could be right depending on your context. For this article, I’ll use NI to refer to neural interfaces. Why might it be important to be aware of NI and understand what they are?

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Thought Piece

The US West Coast and Jersey: shared housing problem, shared partial solution?

1 September 2019

The wonder of living on an island with ubiquitous high-speed broadband is the ability to quickly scan the internet for interesting reading material from around the world. Yesterday was one such day. The on-going and broad policy debate in Jersey about the future sustainable economy, and growth - both in economic and population terms - quickly leads to consideration of...

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Thought Piece

Will seniors help us connect the dots?

1 August 2019

For the first time ever, there are more people in the world over 65 than under 5. We are also living longer than we ever have in human history. Figuring out how to live better in our later years and how to leverage the wisdom and experience of our...

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Thought Piece

Trustworthy AI – humans are the critical factor

1 July 2019

What does the phrase ‘Trustworthy AI’ mean to you? If you’re texting, ‘AI’ might be shorthand for ‘as if’. In the animal world or for a Scrabble expert, an ‘ai’ is a threetoed sloth. For this article, ‘AI’ is shorthand for ‘artificial intelligence’ and the question of how to ensure AI can be trustworthy is an important one as the impact of AI on our lives and in virtually every aspect of our societies continues to grow...

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Thought Piece

What’s the deal with these #$%@! exams?

1 June 2019

It’s exam time for kids in school and anxiety levels are high for students (sitting GCSE, A level and IB exams), teachers, school staff and for all related families and carers. It’s also the time when questions re-surface about the purpose of these *#$!&^#*! (choose your own words) exams and whether they really accomplish anything other than assessing exam writing ability and inducing stress.

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Thought Piece

What do you want to be when you grow up?

1 May 2019

Do you remember hearing that question from your parents and teachers when you were a child? What did you say? Are you now doing what you thought you would be doing or did your path change direction along the way? Is this question even meaningful to ask of our children today?

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Thought Piece

What’s happening to the World Wide Web?

1 April 2019

On March 12, 2019, the World Wide Web had its 30th birthday. Most of us probably went about our usual business and didn’t pay much attention; but there was a little flurry of attention in the media, and Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web and founder of the Web Foundation, had some interesting things to say...

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News

The Resolution Conference 2019

1 April 2019

JPF Executive Director, Gailina Liew, will be moderating two panel discussions at the inaugural conference of The Resolution Centre. Conference details can be accessed at the following link:

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News

JPF E-Petition Briefing Pack provided to States Members

12 March 2019

The States Assembly held an in committee debate for the first e-petition that attracted more than 5,000 signatures. The Jersey Policy Forum prepared and provided a briefing pack to all States Members on the e-petition topic of rental price caps law to limit rental prices to reasonable rents. The briefing pack included the output from leading housing economics expert, LSE Emeritus Professor Christine Whitehead OBE, who presented at a stakeholder roundtable discussion held on March 7, 2019. The JPF Briefing Pack can be viewed here:/

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Thought Piece

Is satisficing actually the best option?

1 March 2019

What does satisficing mean? Turns out that it’s a term coined more than 50 years ago by economist and social scientist Herbert Simon. Up until then, economists theorized that people are rational so would be expected to engage in decision-making to maximize utility. As this rational choice theory went, all information should be gathered for all possible options and then each option should be carefully analyzed and assessed against pre-set criteria to make the best possible decision. Simon believed that this approach was too theoretical and that ordinary people in real life actually made...

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Thought Piece

“(W)anchor!” - a salute to civic engagement?

1 Feburary 2019

What holds a community together? Engaging with one’s community through volunteering, joining the public service, taking on honorary roles and the like is a hallmark feature of successful communities, and creates better resilience to weather challenging times. One enduring example of civic engagement and collaboration in Jersey is the parish policing framework, first established by the French kings in 1462, it remains in place today….that’s 557 years!

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Thought Piece

How do you measure success?

December 2018 / January 2019

As we approach the end of 2018 and prepare for the coming year, many of us will be reflecting on the year’s achievements, and setting goals for the future, at both personal and organizational levels. When we look at ourselves in the mirror, what do we ponder when we assess whether we’ve been successful? Is it about how much money we’ve earned or saved, what we’ve done and what we own, what we’re planning to buy and how we plan to spend our time and money?

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Thought Piece

Trust-breaking

1 November 2018

The fourth industrial revolution is upon us, and we are both amazed, and a little frightened, by the pace of change across virtually every aspect of human society. The commercial technology titans that provide the infrastructure to access information (think Alibaba, Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Baidu, Facebook, Microsoft, Tencent, etc.) are racing against each other, and certain governments (think China, European Union, Russia, United States, etc.) to assert...

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Thought Piece

You’re biased!

1 October 2018

Many of us will have heard that response in the heat of a debate or argument. If you’re a parent, any comment on your teenager’s language, choice of dress, behaviour, career aspirations, and so on, may also elicit the same response. So, what is going on? Could your teenagers be right?...

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Thought Piece

Factfulness

1 September 2018

A couple of months ago, I wrote a piece called ‘Drinking from a firehose’ and suggested that information literacy is a critical skill for everyone to master. I’ve since come across a book by Dr. Hans Rosling that emphasizes the importance of understanding the context and provides tools to help. ‘Factfulness’ is the title of the book and many people have noted its usefulness, including Bill Gates, who gifted all US graduates this year with a free electronic copy of the book. So, what is...

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Thought Piece

Who’s idea was it for a five-day week, anyway?

1 August 2018

Gailina Liew: The first Barclays AI Frenzy was held on July 12, 2018, at the Jersey Library to an audience of over 200 registered attendees. Similar events are being run by Barclays throughout their Eagle Lab network in the UK, with one soon to be opening in San Francisco in the US. The purpose of these events is to start and encourage a broader conversation about AI (artificial intelligence) and the profound changes that this technology is making to our lives. I was...

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News

AI Frenzy Event on the 12th of July

8 July 2018

Are you interested in finding out how Artificial Intelligence is seamlessly incorporating itself into all aspects of our lives or simply interested in what AI has to offer? Then this is the event for you. The Jersey Policy Forum is excited to be collaborating with the Jersey Eagle Lab on this series of meetings to increase awareness and understanding about artificial intelligence. JPF Executive Director, Gailina Liew, will co-introduce Jersey's first AI Frenzy which will be held on July 12th at the Jersey Library.

Please click here to register and attend this free event




Thought Piece

Drinking from a firehose

1 July 2018

Back in the days before the internet and social media, we had newspapers, radio and television as the primary means of accessing news and informed commentary about things and current events in our community and the rest of the world. The reports and programs that were produced were broadcast and shared with the public on a fixed schedule and, in hindsight, were relatively few in number from well-known sources, so that broad segments of the...

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Thought Piece

What if...?

1 June 2018

Summer is here and Jersey is one of the most beautiful places in the world when the sun is shining and you’re enjoying a cliff walk, playing in the sea, exploring one of the many beautiful beaches or meandering through the green lanes. I marvel at the variety of physical topography packed into its nine-by-five mile footprint that almost doubles in size when the tide is out. The feeling of...

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Thought Piece

What is Jersey and what does it want to be?

1 May 2018

How would you describe Jersey to someone who has never been here? What is your vision for Jersey? These were among the questions that attendees of the Jersey Policy Forum’s inaugural conference on March 15, 2018 were asked to explore. The conference featured UK policy expert, think-tanker and author, David Goodhart, as the keynote speaker with an opening address by Jersey’s Chief Minister, Senator Ian Gorst....

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Thought Piece

Do they work for you?

1 April 2018

Jersey's next general election will take place on may 16, 2018. The average voter turnout in the 2014 Jersey election was 46% for senators and 41% for deputies (as calculated from publically available data online at www.vote.je). An excerpt from Jersey's Better Life Index 2013 states: "Voter turnout...

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Thought Piece

Reflections on JPF Inaugural Conference

19 March 2018

The Jersey Policy Forum's Inaugural Conference held at the Hotel De France on March 15 generated a lot of interesting and informative discussion from the more than 140 people that participated, including more than 30 young people across a broad spectrum of schools, organizations, backgrounds and experience. Sixteen facilitated roundtable discussions were included in the afternoon's activity and participants engaged in lively debate and discussion about Jersey's identity, vision, critical areas needing change and tracking. A full report is being compiled and will be published. Meanwhile, reflections on the conference experience are included below...


Whose future is it anyway?

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We have to cut through the nonsense.

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Thought Piece

Poverty denies children their rights

1 March 2018

Exactly one year ago in this space, I invited readers to consider the issue of social inclusion and growing evidence of poverty and inequality in Jersey. In conversation with Deborah McMillan, Jersey’s first Children’s Commissioner, I was interested in understanding whether a ‘children’s rights approach’ might be useful to tackle the tough issues of poverty and inequality...

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News

JPF announces inaugural conference on March 15, 2018

21 Feburary 2018

The Jersey Policy Forum today held its first annual reception hosted by Barclays Eagle Labs at the Jersey Library. The full-house event was attended by people from a diverse range of communities and industry sectors in Jersey. Brendan McMahon, JPF Board Chair, was pleased to announce that the Jersey Policy Forum's inaugural conference - Whose Future Is It Anyway?! - will be held on March 15, 2018, at the Hotel De France. A youth panel will be featured along with an exciting list of speakers:

Senator Ian Gorst - Jersey's Chief Minister,

Charlie Parker - Chief Executive for the States of Jersey,

Deborah McMillan - Jersey's first Children's Commissioner,

David Goodhart, author of The Road to Somewhere,founder of Prospect magazine and Head of the Demography, Immigration and Integration Unit at the Policy Exchange think tank based in London.

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Thought Piece

Whose future is it anyway?

1 February 2018

Some simple arithmetic might suggest that many of the people who will be living and working in Jersey 20, 30 or 50 years from now are presently going through school, or just embarking on their first jobs. Typically, this younger demographic is not turning out in high numbers to vote in elections, or may not yet be old enough to vote; but they are the people who will live the future that is being created by those who have the power now to make and influence policy decisions. So, how do we ensure that younger voices are heard and that their perspective is reflected in policy decisions?...

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News

Roundtable #16

18 Janurary 2018

Jersey's tax framework




Thought Piece

The dangers of 'group think'

1 December 2017

What does civic engagement mean to you? How is it measured? Does it beneft society as a whole? Can it help to bring people together? How does it work within a democracy? Can it catalyse positive change, and help to make difcult public policy choices possible? Is social media helpful or harmful for civic engagement and democracy? What can individuals who care about their community do to inform policy decisions and tackle challenges for a better future?...

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News

Roundtable #15

24 November 2017

Social inclusion II




Thought Piece

Reforming the charitable sector

1 November 2017

What is a ‘public benefit’? Does a ‘benefit’ need to be tangible or measurable in some way? How many people does ‘public’ encompass? How is a ‘public’ benefit different from a ‘private’ one? These are some of the questions that lie at the heart of the significant social policy reform that is taking place in Jersey’s charitable sector. The Jersey Policy Forum invited Jersey’s recently appointed Charity Commissioner, John Mills CBE, to speak at a roundtable discussion held last month and share his thinking...

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News

JPF student survey - Civic engagement and aspiration

18 October 2017

The Jersey Policy Forum today launched its first youth survey and invites all Jersey students aged 14 and older to participate and share their views on civic engagement and aspirations for the future. The results of the survey will be presented at the Jersey Policy Forum's inaugural conference.




News

Roundtable #14

11 October 2017

Jersey's new charity framework




Thought Piece

AI - Threat or opportunity?

1 October 2017

What comes to mind when you hear references to technological disruption and AI (artifcial intelligence)? Is it about increasing efficiencies and work productivity in organizations? Doing more work while the more routine work is done by automated systems? Stores (with...

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Thought Piece

How do we unleash Jersey's collective genius?

1 September 2017

Imagine a grid of dots that is laid out in a square with 100 columns and 100 rows. How would you join the dots up? Is there a single ‘correct’ picture, or could many be drawn out of the almost infinite variations that are possible? What if each dot was a fact and you were tasked with coming up with policy recommendations that would address the issues that the grid of 10,000 facts (100 x 100) raised? What else would you need to know to complete the task? Could a single person complete the task? A group? What knowledge and experience is needed to do it? Is there room for boldness and creativity? This is how I see the public policy challenge and also the opportunity. In a June 2014 Harvard Business...

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Thought Piece

How can we "Do the small things in a big way?"

1 August 2017

What is the role of government versus the role of private individuals in a democratic society? Can government and non-government actors work collaboratively and share responsibility to build a better future together? These are the types of questions that come to mind with the latest release on the Future Jersey project that was published on July 12 by the States...

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News

Roundtable #13

7 July 2017

Looking beyond GVA III




News

Roundtable #12

5 July 2017

States statistics review III




Thought Piece

Is it really, "The economy, stupid"?

1 July 2017

Why is it important for adventurers and explorers to know how to use a compass? The obvious answer is that it is important to stay on course. A compass (or GPS for most of us these days) shows you where north lies, and everything else then becomes relative to that reference point. That’s the same underlying principle behind most great achievements, whether personal, corporate, community or, indeed, globally-oriented...

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News

Roundtable #11

16 June 2017

Looking beyond GVA II




Thought Piece

How good is life in Jersey?

1 June 2017

Over the course of my career, I have found that what gets measured gets managed. That makes sense good sense but the key to success is to measure the right things. The States of Jersey places considerable reliance on a measure of economic productivity called GVA (gross value added) per FTE (full-time equivalent worker). In simple terms, GVA is calculated by adding business profits to wages for each sector and dividing that by the number of...

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News

Roundtable #10

26 May 2017

Social Inclusion




News

Roundtable #9

04 May 2017

States statistics review II




Thought Piece

Why don't we vote?

1 May 2017

Last summer there was a byelection for one of the senatorial positions in Jersey’s States Assembly. Electors from across the Island could choose who would fill the role, often considered to be the most senior of the three categories of membership in the States Assembly. Eleven candidates stood and there was a lively campaign, with posters plastering the island and ample media coverage. There were hustings meetings in each parish and a film from each meeting was published online. Every household on the...

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Thought Piece

Does our economy need to go back to the future?

1 April 2017

In May 1968, the States of Jersey approved the appointment of an Economic Adviser to establish the characteristics of Jersey’s economy, and lay the foundations for an economic policy, and future prosperity; the work done resulted in Colin Powell’s book, ‘Economic Survey of Jersey,’ published in 1971. It is a compelling read and provides a contemporary picture of Jersey...

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News

Roundtable #8

17 March 2017

Looking beyond GVA I




Thought Piece

Poverty? Jersey? No way!

1 March 2017

In May 1968, the States of Jersey approved the appointment of an Economic Adviser to establish the characteristics of Jersey’s economy, and lay the foundations for an economic policy, and future prosperity; the work done resulted in Colin Powell’s book, ‘Economic Survey of Jersey,’ published in 1971. It is a compelling read and provides a contemporary picture of Jersey...

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News

Roundtable #7

3 February 2017

Jersey's identity




Thought Piece

Greetings from JPF Director

1 February 2017

I’d like to share my first year impressions to kick off a monthly column. “Who am I?”, you might ask. Well, I’m the director of the Jersey Policy Forum, an independent think-tank and knowledge partnership, whose aim is to get facts out into the open, engage with people from all sectors to roll-up their sleeves and do some thinking and analysis to help shape Jersey going forward. The ultimate goal is to engage the private and third sectors to work together with and challenge government to seize opportunities and develop practical solutions for a strong future...

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News

Roundtable #6

20 January 2017

Island Economic and Social cycles




News

Roundtable #5

18 January 2017

States statistics review I




News

Roundtable #4

16 September 2016

Country positioning




News

Roundtable #3

15 July 2016

Brexit II and Jersey




News

Roundtable #2

20 May 2016

Population trends in small jurisdictions




News

Roundtable #1

22 April 2016

Brexit I and Jersey